Greece remaining in the eurozone monetary system and keeping the euro as its currency appears less likely at the end of every marathon meeting of eurozone prime ministers and Greek representatives. Many analysts are of the opinion that dumping the euro and going back to the drachma would alleviate some of Greece’s pain. Of course,
Reaching an agreement on Greece’s bailout is beyond the 11th hour. It’s striking midnight. Monday all eurozone presidents and prime ministers have been summoned to meet in Brussels in a final attempt to resolve Greece’s bailout stand-off. This confab is necessary because the finance ministers of the currency union failed to reach an agreement earlier
Belatedly, Zimbabwe recently declared its currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, worthless. The marketplace recognized the worthlessness of the Z$ in 2009, when the Zimbabwe government adopted the US dollar as its main currency. Account holders with Z$ balances of zero to Z$175 quadrillion will be paid a flat US$5. A “quadrillion” has fifteen zeros.
In a statement that could not have been more blunt, last week the IMF told Japan that it needs to print more money to ensure that its economy will not slip into recession. Specifically, the IMF wants the Bank of Japan to push inflation to 2 percent. Japan’s inflation rate is near zero.
Despite our constant attention to news, we listen and view with disdain, knowing full well that what we hear and see is often distorted to get us to react and think in specific ways. In short, the news is slanted. Sometimes, slanted news coverage is exposed, but rarely is it exposed as was the case
In a move that is supposed to fillip economic activity, China’s central bank cut interest rates again. While interest rates in China are not at near zero levels as in the US, the move further signifies that the Bank of China has fully embraced Keynesian economics, which have not stimulated economic activity in the US
After not being significantly large enough to make headlines for years, the US trade deficit is back in the news after ballooning 40% to $51 billion in March. $37.8 billion of the deficit was with China. The CBO projects a record high $486 billion trade deficit for fiscal 2015.
Establishment economic thinking is that the “right” rate of inflation is 2%. Thoughts on this position can be found here: The Goal of 2% Inflation, Rethought — New York Times. Japan is falling far short of 2% inflation, despite the Bank of Japan buying ¥80 trillion worth of bonds each month. Analysts are now speculating
In a video interview with Barron’s editor Jack Otter, famed Swiss investment advisor, fund manager and publisher of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report Marc Faber gives his economic views for 2015.
As European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has been promising (threatening?) for more than a year, the ECB finally is about to begin a quantitative easing program. The program most likely will run for two years.